My Picks: Michael Brennan’s picks for the festival

A guide to Horizon festival by michael brennan

Every so often you cross paths with people that make your environment better. Michael Brennan is one of those people. He is the Gallery Director over at Noosa Regional Gallery and — as of this very moment — deep within a five-week-long Floating Land campaign, which closes this weekend. His dedication to the arts and willingness to challenge the status quo is contagious.

Cheers for the guide, Michael. And, if you haven’t done so already, go and check out Floating Land while you still can.


I love projects that make you feel uncomfortable in ways that we all should more often — and I reckon this promises to be one of them. Honest, colourful and darkly humorous — these conflicting characteristics will no doubt leave you trying to find your place in it all, which is one of the things I think art should do whenever it can.

Image credit: ‘Crying Man Series’ by Jordyn Burnett

Kabi Kabi Connections

The meeting of Aunty Helena’s rich cultural knowledge and her generosity in sharing this with James Muller’s creative and technical expertise makes for a stunning experience of place. When these projections merge and interact with the environment that surrounds them, both add something new to each other.

Image credit: Alain Bouvier

Homegrown: Where to from here

I love it when an art project can draw our attention to an unseen or ignored issue and do it in a visually or experientially arresting way. The practices of Nicole Voevodin-Cash and Teddy Horton have separately captured my attention and I can’t wait to see what they do together.

Image credit: Kunda Park by Teddy Horton

Unapologetically Dressed

How good are Ketakii and Shaye?! I lived in the Nambour of Melbourne for a long time and what you encounter on the streets of these places are some of the most attention-grabbing and authentic expressions of identity that you could see anywhere. More people should dress like this.

Image credit: Ketakii Jewson-Brown

Your Local Photo Club

LANTANA is one of the most interesting spaces on the Sunshine Coast. When artists get together and make something happen themselves, you get access to a way of thinking and working that often gets stripped away in more formal spaces. And a one-night-only event makes it all the more a must-see.

image credit: Liam McColl

to check out Thom’s work, head here.

This feature promotes Horizon Festival’s upcoming annual event.

Horizon Festival — the Sunshine Coast’s premier multi-arts festival — returns 25 August to 3 September 2023.

The 10-day offering takes place all over the Sunshine Coast — beaches, the hinterland, warehouses. The lot.

At our core: we celebrate place — it’s the heartbeat of the festival — and our programming reflects this.  But, more importantly, we honour the Traditional Custodians of the Country on which we stand — the Kabi Kabi Peoples and Jinibara Peoples.

Our events vary. And they’re (almost) always in spectacular locations. There’s music, art, theatre, dance, workshops, ceremony, and plenty for the family.

So, pop the kettle on, put your feet up, and enjoy flicking through this year’s program — we’d love to see you at an event.     

See you on the horizon,

The Horizon Festival Team